Well mostly out of necessity because in my tiny Peace Corps town restaurants are only open for lunch and only Monday-Saturday. The lucky part is that I have access to a variety of fruits, veggies, grains and beans including some of the Super Foods found in Peru like quinoa, chia, and pichuberries.
A kilo of pichuberries in my town costs 4 soles which is only about $1.25! To put that in perspective I used one sole worth (.33 usd) of pichuberries in 5 fruit smoothies and the guacamole.
These little suckers are packed with good stuff! As Men’s Fitness states, “Pichuberries are small orange fruits, about the size of a cherry tomato. They come from the Andes of Peru and boast a tart, sweet flavor. In addition to vitamin D, pichuberries also contain vitamins C and B12, iron, protein, and cancer-fighting compounds called withanolides.”
Thirty three cents for a few days worth of cancer-fighting fruit, yep you can’t beat eating in Peru!
Now for the delicious Peruvian Pichuberry Guacamole:
- 3 medium avocados
- 1/2 cup Pichuberries (shelled)
- 1 small onion
- Cilantro to taste
- Lime or Peruvian limon if they’re available
- Salt, garlic, and/or vinegar to taste
1. Dice onion and place in a cup of water.
2. Cut pichuberries in fourths.
3. Mash avocados in a small bowl.
4. Drain onions and mix with avocados. Also, add pichuberries and cilantro.
5. Add salt, vinegar, and garlic to taste. Squeeze half a lemon and mix well.
Serve with chips, unless you live in middle of nowhere Peru and all you have is wheat bread.
This recipes is enough for two people to share as a side dish or enough for one hungry Peace Corps volunteer to eat by herself!
Thanks for joining me on the start of my Campo Cooking adventure. I will probably be documenting new recipes on Sundays since (by necessity) that is the day of the week I have to do something on my own for lunch.